Drinking tea can be a worldly, aromatic, and relaxing, experience. However, did you know that there are many health benefits to drinking different types of teas? Today we’re going to talk a little bit about what my research has shown when it comes to drinking green tea, and the health benefits associated with regular consumption.
First off, Green Tea is full of healthy antioxidants, namely flavonoids and catechins which, which can prevent cellular damage caused by any number of reasons.
Green Tea has been shown to have a major impact on diabetes, heart disease, and general weight loss. Green Tea can help blood sugar levels rise slowly, preventing insulin spikes. Research suggests that Green Tea has a major impact on bad cholesterol and preventing clots in arteries, which, as you know is a major factor in heart attacks.
Certain studies have suggested that Green Tea, and Green Tea Extract, have shown a remarkable ability to fight off cancer, often killing the cancer, while doing little to no damage to the surrounding tissues.
Did you know that Green Tea is actually great for your mouth, teeth, and throat? Catechin, which is found in the tea, has many antibacterial properties, and can prevent infection and bacteria growth!
I’ve previously spoke about the benefits of Amino Acids. L-theanine, found in Green Tea, has been shown to fight off mood swings and depression. It has a relatively relaxing effect on the body and mind. L-theanine is amazing in its own right. It has an amazingly positive effect on the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which raises dopamine levels in the brain, in turn reducing anxiety levels.
Personally, from my own experience, adding other healthy options to your Green Tea can make a world of difference, and really jump-start a diet. Ginger can be a really amazing painkiller, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce pain and increase natural immunity. All while enjoying a rather delicious cup of tea too!
Since Green Tea has been clinically proven to increase metabolic rate, it has some remarkable fat burning properties as well. The combination of increased fat oxidation and caffeine have been shown to jump-start fatty acids, and increase the use of fat tissues as energy. The antioxidant EGCG, found in Green Tea, has also been shown to prevent the absorption of cholesterol. So, Green Tea actually helps fight weight loss on multiple fronts!
Finally, remember those catechins I spoke about earlier? Well, they have this amazing little benefit for your skin too. Catechins can help make your skin resistant to ultraviolet rays, reducing aging and the chances of developing skin cancer later in life!
Now, there are a few downfalls to excessive Green Tea consumption. First, lower grades of Green Tea can contain higher than usual amounts of fluoride and caffeine. Second, if you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, Green Tea can reduce the amount of Iron that your body absorbs, so talk to your doctor before starting any new health routines. However, my research suggests that the reward is far greater than the risks. Enjoy!